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Rules and regulations

The rules and regulations governing squash are set by the World Squash Federation. These set out how the game is played on court, scoring systems and what conduct is expected from players and referees.

Referees need to have a full understanding of the rules of the game and how to implement them in order to take charge at a match, tournament or competition. These rules can be downloaded as PDFs below.

Squash rules

Squash 57 rules

Code of conduct

We want everyone to have the best experience possible when taking part in a squash tournament or competition. That’s why we introduced a code of conduct, to give guidance on how we expect referees, players, administrators and event officials to behave.

Please access the England Squash Code of Conduct here.

This code covers the disciplinary process for when a referee awards a Code of Conduct Penalty (a stroke, game or match) at a competition or tournament. When this occurs, the referee or Tournament Organiser needs to complete this report form and submit it via the online portal.

Referees have their own section in the England Squash Code of Conduct. Further to this, there is supplementary guidance which covers the referee’s physical ability to officiate matches, the dress code, training and applying the rules of squash. We expect referees to abide by these guidelines at all times.